The Center for Cooperative Media is a grant-funded program based at Montclair State University‘s School of Communication and Media. We work with closely with the faculty, staff and students at the School of Communication and Media, which is part of the College of the Arts. Merrill Brown is the director of the School of Communication and Media and Dan Gurskis is dean of the College of the Arts.

The Center currently has four staff members:

Stefanie Murray, Director

Stefanie Murray, director, Center for Cooperative Media

Stefanie Murray is the Director of the Center for Cooperative Media. A Michigan native, Stefanie previously worked in Michigan and Tennessee as a reporter, editor, digital media manager and news executive. Most recently she worked for Gannett Co. as vice president and executive editor of The Tennessean in Nashville, and was with the Detroit Free Press before that. Her professional passions are digital media innovation, local journalism, community engagement and audience analytics. She has a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and journalism from Central Michigan University. Reach her at murrayst@mail.montclair.edu.

Joe Amditis, Associate Director

Joe Amditis, acting associate director, Center for Cooperative Media

​Joe Amditis is the associate director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2013 and earned his B.A. with a double-major in political science and criminal justice before going on to earn his M.A. from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. He is the cofounder and former director of operations of Muckgers, an hyperlocal, student-focused, investigative publication serving the Rutgers-New Brunswick community.

Joe is a combat veteran of the New Jersey Army National Guard and served in Iraq from 2008-2009. He also has experience as an international relations researcher, graphic designer, 360 video producer, audio and video editor, and podcaster. Over the last three years, Joe has coordinated two statewide collaborative reporting projects in New Jersey: Dirty Little Secrets: New Jersey’s Toxic Legacy and In the Shadow of Liberty: Immigration in NJ. Joe is currently working on a third collaborative reporting endeavor, this time focusing on the upcoming gubernatorial election in New Jersey. He can be reached at amditisj@mail.montclair.edu and at (551) 265-1429.

Sarah Stonbely, PhD, Research Coordinator

Sarah Stonbely, Research Coordinator, Center for Cooperative Media

Sarah Stonbely, Ph.D, is the research coordinator for the Center for Cooperative Media. She received her doctorate in political communication and journalism studies from New York University in 2015. Her academic research is on the ways that journalism has been affected by the tumultuous changes in politics, culture, and technology since the late twentieth century. Her professional experience with New America Foundation, American Press Institute, and others has focused on the digital transformation of journalism and on helping journalism live up to its democratic ideals.

Sarah also has a long history of working in radio, dating back to her college days in Madison, WI, at 89.9fm WORT. Between college and graduate school, she was a radio producer for a sports-talk station in Milwaukee, WI, and during grad school had her own radio show on WNYU.org. In her free time, Sarah likes to watch old episodes of Charlie Rose or play frisbee with her son in the park. Sarah can be reached at stonbelys@mail.montclair.edu.

Tim Griggs, Local/National Partnerships Coordinator

Tim Griggs, Local/national partnerships coordinator, Center for Cooperative Media

Tim Griggs is currently based out of Austin, working as an adviser and consultant to media organizations, digital startups and foundations, and is the Innovator in Residence at the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and the University of Texas School of Journalism. Previously he served as publisher and chief operating officer for the nonprofit Texas Tribune – an organization which has also worked on initiatives related to sharing content, similar to our local/national partnerships project.

Over the next several months, Tim will build relationships with national news organizations and work with Center partners and others to localize and publish national content. He will regularly blog about the progress of the initiative on the Center’s website. ‌You can reach Tim at griggst@mail.montclair.edu.

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